Paralysis

 

Head-mounted binoculars

A keen bird-watcher has near-total paralysis of her right hand. She had been finding it impossible to hold her binoculars steady, and wanted a device to attach them to her head and adjust them using her left hand only.

Boccia Ramp

Rafael Young a talented Boccia player needed modifications to improve the functioning of his ramp and allow him to reach his full sporting potential.

Jaw Lever

The client is unable to voluntarily open his jaw and needed a new safer method for his therapist to use.

Jack for wheelchair archer

A wheelchair user wishes to return to archery. To avoid the bow clashing with one of the wheelchair wheels, he removes one wheel and supports the chair on a jack. A change of wheelchair means the jack no longer fits his chair. A bracket was made to fix the jack in place to allow one wheel to be removed.

Push Button Sewing Machine Control

Our client, with tetraplegia, is able to manipulate his arms enough in order to push and pull and very lightly hook (or hold) objects in his otherwise immobile fingers. He has sufficient patience and skill to use a sewing machine to make rubber padded gloves to protect the hands of fellow wheelchair users.

Vomit detector

The client is unable to reposition herself in bed and is at risk of choking on her own vomit if left unattended. A detector was made using a water detector mounted on a plate and linked to the nurse call pager system. The system activates when a resistance of just over 4 megaOhm is bridged […]

Low over-chair table

The client suffers with Parkinson’s Disease and is permanently flexed 90 degrees at the hip. As a result, eating is very difficult to do with dignity.  The legs of standard over-chair tables would not pass under the client’s riser/recliner chair and the OT did not wish to raise it The table that was made has […]

Physio’s Bench

The Referrer was currently working with a 9 year old girl who has paralysis of her lower limbs. She can get on and off the floor by using two benches which she pushes herself up onto using her arms. She then transfers onto a Physio’s Plinth. The benches currently used at the school are the […]

Device to operate the foot pedal control of an electric sewing machine

Client’s requirement This referral came from an adult neurological physiotherapist for a 67 year-old paraplegic. “Her main hobby is sewing but [following her accident] she is unable to use the foot pedal to control her sewing machine. Some people do use the foot pedal with their knee but she has no control of her legs […]

Lightweight book rest

Praful is paralysed from the neck down and wanted to be able to read books and magazines. A book rest was constructed using 6mm plywood. The part for holding the book was raised high enough to place the book in front of the client’s eyes. Apart from the hinges, all the joints are glued and […]

Leg exerciser with calf supports

The client is paralysed from the waist down and by being inert was not getting good blood circulation. The hospital unit suggested that a modified version of a motorised leg exerciser could be beneficial provided that it could give calf support. One of these units was borrowed and tested with a boot provided by the […]

Ladders for mountain climbing in a wheelchair

A former Commando, paralysed in a climbing accident, wanted to climb Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair. He needed help climbing the scree slopes in his specialist arm powered hand bike. A set of 6 ladder sections of about 1.8m in length were made. Each of which could be plugged into one another to form either one […]

Inflatable neck collar control system

The client has a debilitating condition that requires her to be prone in bed all day. She uses an inflatable neck collar to reduce pressure on her neck and requires a very quiet device with very light controls to allow her to inflate or adjust the pressure in the collar. A 12 volt tyre pump […]

Head switch bracket

Daniel has poor control of his hands, poor neck and upper body strength and is unable to speak. He can only interact via head/eye movement and the limited use of hand operated switches. He needed a switch mounting bracket that could be fitted to his wheelchair headrest, on to which buddy-button head switches could be […]

Head rests for wheelchairs

Client is quadraplegic and requested help in providing head rests for two wheelchairs. Head rests were obtained locally from a car dealer and suitable attachments were made to fit each chair. Both are adjustable as necessary. The client can now sit in more comfort. (Ayrshire)

Head pointer for boccia

The client is an England international boccia player and required a head pointer to enable her to release the ball in certain situations. The inside of a safety helmet was used as a base. A coach bolt was secured through two aluminium strengthening plates, at the front of the helmet, to which an alumiunim tube was […]